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This reduces <math>\theta</math> to either 120 or 160. But <math>\theta</math> can't be 120 because if <math>r=\cos 120^\circ +i\sin 120^\circ </math>, then <math>r^3=1</math> and <math>r^6+r^3+1=3</math>, a contradiction. This leaves <math>\theta=160</math>. | This reduces <math>\theta</math> to either 120 or 160. But <math>\theta</math> can't be 120 because if <math>r=\cos 120^\circ +i\sin 120^\circ </math>, then <math>r^3=1</math> and <math>r^6+r^3+1=3</math>, a contradiction. This leaves <math>\theta=160</math>. | ||
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Problem
The equation has complex roots with argument between and in thet complex plane. Determine the degree measure of .
Solution
If is a root of , then . The polynomial has all of its roots with absolute value 1 and argument of the form for integer .
This reduces to either 120 or 160. But can't be 120 because if , then and , a contradiction. This leaves .
See also
1984 AIME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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